Fast approaching are the park runs and marathons you optimistically signed up to in the new year, and with the weather warming up, there's no better time to get outside and start training. Take it from us, you won't go breaking any personal bests in sweatpants and Air Max. Instead, the technically-accomplished latest designs of sports giants and running specialists win out, and here we've narrowed down the very best pairs to get ahead of the race.

For enhanced support, the best men's running shorts come with either a mesh lining that prevents chafing, or an inner, form-fitting compression layer. The latter comes with the added benefit of improving circulation while you pound the pavement, and is favored by the pros for its extra level of compactness and aerodynamic ability.

But when it comes down to it, whichever you prefer is down to personal preference – as is your shorts' length. Running shorts tend to show off a lot more thigh than you'll be used to. Interestingly, after ancient Olympians bucked up their ideas and quit letting it all hang out, shorts cuts tended to be much longer than we see today. Unlike basketball shorts, however, which took the opposite route, inches kept disappearing over time, for the simple reason that longer shorts get in the way.

And, just as with various sports brand's patented midsole technologies on runners, there's a minefield of tech-speak and added extras that come with running shorts, too. From Uniqlo's sweat-wicking DRY-EX material to Lululemon's handy mesh phone pocket and Satisfy's in-built key lanyard, our picks below showcase the very best shorts to add to your kitbag right now.

In our selection, you'll peep some of the sportswear brands that have been first past the post in this area for some time now, including Nike, adidas, and New Balance. Alternatively, for those looking to spend an extra buck on the most technically on-point designs, shorts by Parisian label Satisfy, Salomon S/Lab, and recent Nike collaborator Undercover Gyakusou are sure to be the envy of all your opponents.

Scroll on to shop our picks.

Lightweight Men's Running Shorts

Running Shorts

$31

Nike

Buy at NIKE
Mesh OTLN Active Shorts

Mesh OTLN Active Shorts

from $54

adidas

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)
Dry Ex-Shorts

Dry Ex-Shorts

$24

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo
Dodson Active Shorts

Dodson Active Shorts

from $45

adidas

(Available at 6 Merchants)
(Available at 6 Merchants)

Impact 5Inch Shorts

$45

New Balance

Buy at New Balance
Supernova Shorts

Supernova Shorts

$50

adidas

Buy at adidas

Tech Pack Running Shorts

$45

Nike

Buy at NIKE

Compression Men's Running Shorts

Flex Stride Running Shorts

$50

Nike

Sold Out at NIKE

Surge Short 6Inch

$107

Lululemon

Sold Out at Lululemon

Techknit Short

$135

Nike x Undercover Gyakusou

Buy at NIKE

NRG Shorts

$150

Nike x Undercover Gyakusou

Buy at goodhood

TechKnit Compression Shorts

$80

Nike x Undercover Gyakussou

Buy at Mr. Porter

Shorts

$0

Salomon S/Lab x The Broken Arm

Sold Out at Browns

Short Distance Shorts

$99

Satisfy

Up to 60% Off ssense.com

Up to 60% Off ssense.com

Buy at ssense

Long Distance Shorts

$116

Satisfy

Up to 60% Off ssense.com

Up to 60% Off ssense.com

Buy at ssense

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